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  1. FEMA to open disaster recovery center in Riverview


    The Federal Emergency Management Agency said it will open a disaster recovery center Thursday in Riverview for Hillsborough County residents impacted by Hurricane Irma.

  2. Joe Henderson: Other good works can't balance theft from vulnerable victims


    What price can you put on your good name?

    This renovated group home once was operated by HARC. The group's former CEO Richard Lilliston was credited with raising millions for the agency but has been sentenced to prison for stealing Social Security from clients with developmental disabilities. [Times file]
  3. With successful jewelry line, Durant High alum Carley Ochs enjoys 'incredible ride'



    As a child Carley Ochs played dress up, draped in her grandmother's furs.

    Founder Carley Ochs poses for a portrait in her Ford Bronco at the Bourbon & Boweties warehouse in Brandon, Fla. on September 19, 2017. Ochs is a Durant High and Florida State University graduate.
  4. Daniel Ruth: Public money built Bucs' stadium, so let public sell tickets


    Who knew the Tampa Bay Bucs were actually the Daisies of Dale Mabry?

    Dirk Koetter, Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach, wants to do what it takes to ensure that those sitting in the lower bowl of Raymond James Stadium are wearing his team's colors. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]

  5. Musical impressionist headlines benefit comedy show in Riverview


    RIVERVIEW — The Regent, 6437 Watson Road in Riverview, will host the fifth annual Clean Comedy Night from 6-9:30 p.m. on Friday (Sept. 29).

    Kier is set to perform at the Clean Comedy Night at The Regent in Riverview. Luis Rivera is the opening act and Brian Kleinschmidt hosts the event.
  6. Riverview mobile home community's Irma-induced tribulations mirror the last week

    Human Interest

    RIVERVIEW — When the power came back on, Barbara Keplinger threw her arms up and danced.

    Volunteers with Irma Decentralized Response and residents of the Pleasant Living mobile home park in Riverview are working to secure donations of food and water.
  7. Sunday Conversation: Sara Mickelson has a heart for nonprofits

    Human Interest


    Sara Mickelson, a self-acknowledged Renaissance woman, will be recognized later this month by one of the city's home-grown non-profit organizations as their Corporate Citizen of the Year. Each year, the National Organization for Transplant Enlightenment (N.O.T.E.) salutes people in the community who have …

    Sara Mickelson says she doesn’t know if her red hair has anything to do with how her life has developed, “but I do have a wicked sense of humor, an active imagination, and a willingness to try new things.”
  8. Yet to open restaurant serves as shelter for needy during Irma


    Comfort Craft Café is set to open to the public in Brandon on Oct. 2, but even before it welcomed diners, it opened its doors early for displaced residents during Hurricane Irma to offer shelter. The 12,000 square-foot building housed approximately 75 Floridians and 25 dogs, cats and birds during the storm.

    The Comfort Craft Cafe, which is set to open to the public in October, opened its doors early as a shelter during Hurricane Irma.
  9. Anti sex trafficking advocate brings message of healing to Sun City Center

    Human Interest

    SUN CITY CENTER — Edie Rhea can use words like hope and healed when she speaks to groups about human sex trafficking, because she has traveled the path from victim to survivor to overcomer.

    Edie Rhea stands in front of a mural, painted by artist Tes One, on the corner of Cass and Morgan Streets that sends a message to  human sex trafficking victims. Rhea is the founder and president of the Healing Root Ministry that works to help victims.
  10. Unusual ball drop highlights golf tournament for Starting Right, Now

    Unusual ball drop highlights golf tournament for Starting Right, Now


    Starting Right, Now holds its inaugural Drive Out Youth Homeless Charity Golf Tournament on Monday with a fairly unique twist: a helicopter ball drop.

    The teens from Starting Right, Now will benefit from the nonprofit’s inaugural fundraising golf tournament.